Altenew Educators’ “Clean and Simple” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Altenew Educators’ “Clean and Simple” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Hello, crafty friends! Welcome to my blog! Thanks so much, Susan Busada, for sending everyone over! For the complete details of this hop, make sure to drop by the Altenew blog. The Altenew Educators were asked to create clean and simple cards for this hop. Below are some samples I made for this theme using white, beige, and black colors only. I just changed the design of the 3D embossing folder and repositioned the hot foiled circle and leaf die-cut to create the different focal points for these CAS cards.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

MATERIALS: FINE RINGS CIRCLES HOT FOIL, SENTIMENT STRIPS 3 STAMP, ORGANIC LINEN 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, LEAVES DIE

MATERIALS: DIAMOND STARS 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER, JUST LEAVES DIE, PURE WHITE EMBOSSING POWDER, FINE RINGS CIRCLES HOT FOIL

SO PROUD OF YOU

MATERIALS: MOD SQUARES 3D EMBOSSING POWDER, FINE RINGS CIRCLES HOT FOIL, SENTIMENT STRIPS

THANK YOU

I still struggle creating CAS cards (the constant urge to add more embellishments is real :-), but I love how quick and easy it is to mass-produce cards like these. Do any of you struggle creating CAS cards, too?

GIVEAWAYS

$130 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners and a $15 gift certificate to 4 winners! To win, please comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 07/03/2022. 

There’s MORE! Join our party! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your beautiful, Altenew “Clean and Simple” creations. 

We will pick one of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party, and they will receive a $10 Altenew gift certificate!

Altenew will draw five random winners from the comments left on each blog hop stop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 07/04/2022.

Next up: Irina Fonina. Make sure to leave a comment below to get a chance to win a prize from Altenew! If you like what you see, I would greatly appreciate it if you could follow me on Instagram and YouTube. Links are posted below. Thanks so much for dropping by, and happy crafting!

Altenew June 2022 Fine & Dandy Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

Altenew June 2022 Fine & Dandy Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

Hello, everyone! Welcome to my blog. Thanks, Emily Midgett, for sending everyone over. For the complete details of this hop, make sure to drop by the Altenew Card Blog. You can find the new collection here.

This is an excellent mix of dies, hot foil plates, coordinating stencils, and embossing folders. The following are eight cards I made using some of the latest releases.

SENDING BIRTHDAY HUGS

STEPS:

  1. Hot foil the Delightful Flowers image with Polished Brass on light blue cardstock. Fussy cut.
  2. Emboss a peach cardstock using the Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover die.
  3. Emboss the white card base using the MOD Squares 3D Embossing Folder.
  4. Stamp and emboss the sentiment.
  5. Assemble the card with foam squares and adhesive.
WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST AS YOU BEGIN YOUR NEW JOURNEY

STEPS:

  1. Use the Scallops Cover Die to add foil to the card front.
  2. Die-cut white cardstock using the Stitched Scalloped Circle die.
  3. Stamp and emboss the sentiment using Rose Gold embossing powder.
  4. Stamp and emboss the flowers on vellum using the Pen Sketched Flowers stamp. Die-cut the image using the coordinating die.
  5. Assemble the card using foam squares and adhesive.

It’s pretty tricky to photograph the shimmer of the hot foil, so here’s a closer look. Knowing that I can use a regular thin die to hot foil the image has made me so excited!!! I wanted to keep this card simple to allow the shiny elements to take the spotlight.

PROUD OF YOU

STEPS:

  1. Hot foil and die cut the circle using the Fine Rings Circles Hotfoil Plate and the coordinating die.
  2. Die-cut the Charming Folliage Dies layers using Sea Shore Gradient Cardstocks, Brushed Cooper Metallic, and Navy Cardstocks. Assemble the flowers.
  3. Die-cut the sentiment from the Essential Sentiment Strips die set.
  4. Assemble card using foam squares and adhesive.

I love that all the elements from this card were from dies. The thin gold circle gives it a classy look. I also kept the white space all over to emphasize the floral arrangement.

SO GRATEFUL

STEPS:

  1. Hot foil the image from the Delightful Flowers Hot Foil Plate on white cardstock using Teal foil.
  2. Hot foil the same image using Gold on vellum.
  3. Layer the vellum on top of the cardstock but slightly offset the images.
  4. Bind the two layers using a stapleless stapler.
  5. Hot foil a solid color on white cardstock.
  6. Die-cut the sentiment from the Essential Sentiment Strips die and use the sold hot foil as a matting.
  7. Assemble the card.
YOU ARE A RARE KIND OF GENEROUS.

STEPS:

  1. Stamp and emboss the image from the Oriental Poppy stamp set.
  2. Use the coordinating stencil set with a detailed blender brush to add colors from the Sea Shore, Glacier Caves, Lapis Lazuli, and Northern Shore dye inks sets.
  3. Die-cut the flower.
  4. Emboss the leaves with Rose Gold embossing powder.
  5. Cut a small panel using teal cardstock.
  6. Stamp and emboss the sentiment.
  7. Assemble the card.
SOMETIMES THERE ARE JUST NO WORDS

STEPS:

  1. Spray the watercolor paper with water and emboss using the Peaceful Poppies 3D embossing folder.
  2. Watercolor the panel using the Artist Watercolor 24 pan set.
  3. Stamp and emboss the sentiment on vellum with Rose Gold embossing powder.
  4. Add splatters using white acrylic paint.
  5. Assemble the card.

I used the embossed images as a guide on where to add the color. But since I wanted it to be a loosely colored panel, I didn’t mind if the edges were not as crisp or if the colors merged. Just make sure to mist the watercolor paper before embossing. Misting the paper will prevent cracking and give it a more crisp look.

YOU ARE SO LOVED

STEPS:

  1. Mist the paper and emboss it with the Peaceful Poppies 3D embossing folder.
  2. Color the petals with Morning Frost alcohol marker.
  3. Emboss the sentiment, centers, and edges using Rose gold embossing powder.
  4. Assemble card with foam squares.

I wanted to create a CAS card using this beautiful Peaceful Poppies 3D embossing folder and keep the coloring simple and muted. The embossed centers give the card a nice contrast.

YOU’RE IN MY HEART

STEPS:

  1. Hot foil white cardstock using the Fine Rings Circles Hot Foil Plate.
  2. Die-cut using the smaller circle from the Fine Rings Circle Dies to create a window.
  3. Stamp and emboss the images from the Persian Motifs stamp set using Rose Gold embossing powder.
  4. Color the images using watercolor and alcohol markers.
  5. Die-cut the images with the Persian Motif coordinating dies.
  6. Assemble the card with foam squares and adhesive.

The Persian Motifs Stamp is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets. I love how beautiful the images are and how many different ways you can color them! The circle hot foil plate gives the card an elegant finish.

I have a newfound appreciation for white space. It draws attention to where it’s needed most and adds a visual rest. White space doesn’t necessarily have to be white– it can be any color or pattern as long as there’s nothing on it. (Thanks for this info, Cathy Z.!)

GIVEAWAYS

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 06/27/2022 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw ten random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/29/2022.

Next up: Reiko Tsuchida. (Due to strict restrictions in Japan, you might not be able to leave comments on her blog.) Thank you so much for dropping by! Please don’t forget to leave a comment to get a chance to win a prize from Altenew. If you liked what you saw, I hope you can give me a follow on my Youtube and Instagram channels (links are located below). Thanks for dropping by, and happy crafting! 💕

Altenew June 2022 Marvelous Monthly Series Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

Altenew June 2022 Marvelous Monthly Series Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

Hello, my friends! Welcome to my blog! Thanks to Therese Calvird for sending everyone over. I’m so excited for this Marvelous Monthly Series Release blog hop!!! For the complete details, make sure to drop by the Altenew Card Blog. You can find the full release here.

I created some cards using the products from this release. I hope you’ll like them!

GET WELL SOON

STEPS:

  1. Stamp the image from the Silk Art Stamp set using dye inks. With a spray bottle, add some water to the image.
  2. Using the stencils, add Versamark ink to some parts of the stamped images.
  3. Sprinkle Distress Glazes (Antique Linen and Salvaged Patina) on certain areas them emboss to create a mottled effect and for added contrast.
  4. Emboss the edges using Rose Gold embossing powder to create a frame.
  5. Stamp and emboss the sentiment from the Pots and Plants stamp set with Pure white embossing powder.
  6. Assemble the card.

I love this stamp set!!! I will definitely create more cards using this set. Other images in the set will look lovely on their own…

HELLO

STEPS:

  1. Stamp lightly using Antique Linen ink.
  2. Use the coordinating stencil from the CYLPK Silk Art to add color to the image.
  3. Deboss using the Dotted Starburst Debossing die.
  4. Die-cut the Waterbrush Hello die on the panel and die-cut four more on plain cardstock. Adhere on top of each other with adhesive.
  5. Add Rose gold embossing powder at the base of the die-cut for a pop of color.
  6. Inlay the word and mount it onto a blue card base.

This is an easy card to make. The debossing die adds a lot of texture to the card front.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

STEPS:

  1. Emboss 2 sheets of cardstock using the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Silk Art 3d Embossing folder.
  2. Cut one panel smaller, add Persian Blue Dye ink to the raised side, and run it through the die cutting machine again.
  3. Die-cut the sentiment from the Essential Sentiment Strips Die.
  4. Assemble the card, making sure to line up the flowers/leaves of the colored panel to the plain card base.
I’M HERE FOR YOU

STEPS:

  1. Die-cut vellum using the Craft-a-Flower: Cape Marguerite layering dies.
  2. Color the flowers with Alcohol Markers: Cosmic Berry, Purple Wine, Puffy Heart, and Rose Quartz. Start with the lightest pink. Make sure to use a flicking motion when coloring the petals.
  3. Follow the layering based on the images on the insert card.
  4. Emboss a cardstock using the Organic Linen 3D embossing folder.
  5. Add embossing ink to the edges and emboss with Rose Gold embossing powder.
  6. Assemble the card with foam sheets.

I kept the card base white so that the flowers would stand out more.

BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED

STEPS:

  1. Stamp the image from the Build-a-Garden: NaNature’sagic on watercolor paper and emboss it using Rose Gold embossing powder.
  2. Watercolor the images using the ArArtists’atercolor 24 pan set.
  3. Die-cut plain cardstock using the Fine Frames Cover die. Add Versamark Ink and emboss using Rose Gold embossing powder.
  4. Stamp the sentiment on the vellum and tear the edges.
  5. Assemble the card.

TIP: Always start with the lightest watercolor first, then work your way to a darker shade. While the image is still wet, use the fine tip of the watercolor brush to add some stipples for added texture.

GIVEAWAYS

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 06/18/2022 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw ten random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/20/2022.

Next up is my talented friend and mentor, Virginia Lu. I hope you liked the card samples I made for this marvelous release. It would mean so much to me if you could follow me on Instagram and YouTube if you liked what you saw here in my blog. The links are located below. Please don’t forget to leave a comment to get a chance to win a prize from Altenew! Thank you so much for dropping by, and I hope to hear from you again soon! Happy crafting!!!

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Magnolia Rustica Outline Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in Total Prizes)

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Magnolia Rustica Outline Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in Total Prizes)

Welcome to my blog, crafty friends! Thank you so much, Tenia Nelson, for sending everyone over. For the full details of this hop, make sure to drop by the Altenew Blog. Today, we share different ways to use the PAF: Magnolia Rustica Rubra stamp set. I made two cards and hope you’ll like them.

PAINT-A-FLOWER: MAGNOLIA RUSTICA RUBRA

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

STEPS:

  1. Stamp the image from the PAF: Magnolia Rustica Rubra onto watercolor paper and emboss with Pure White embossing powder.
  2. Color the image using the following watercolor brush markers: Sunkissed, Fresh Lemon, Rouge, Crimson, Sea Breeze, Emerald, and Lagoon.
  3. Add splatters using white acrylic paint.
  4. Fussy cut 1/2 inches of the opposite corners and leaving the flowers untouched.
  5. Create 2 masks and add a second layer of Aqualicious and Teal Cave over the Square Weave Pattern Stencil.
  6. Stamp and emboss the sentiment on black cardstock.
  7. Assemble card using foam squares.

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ACHIEVEMENT

STEPS:

  1. Stamp and emboss the image from the PAF: Magnolia Rustica Rubra using Obsidian Ink and emboss with Crystal Clear embossing powder.
  2. Draw botanical lines using the Fine Liner pens.
  3. Fussy cut the image and emboss the sentiment using the All Things A stamp set.
  4. Assemble the card with foam squares and adhesive.

GIVEAWAYS

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/28/2022 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/30/2022.

Next up is my talented friend, Virginia Lu. Thank you so much for coming!!! Do let me know which one you more in the comment section below to get a chance to win a prize from Altenew. If you like what you saw, I hope you can follow me on Instagram, YouTube, and FB. Links are listed below. Take care, everyone, and happy crafting! 🧡

Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit: Florescence Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit: Florescence Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

Welcome, crafty friends! Thank you so much, Nathalie DeSousa, for sending everyone over. For the full details of this hop, make sure to drop by the Altenew blog. You can also find this latest release here.

I was so excited when I saw the products in the Craft Your Life: Florescence kit! I love huge images because that would mean there can be many ways to use this stamp set. Below are the cards I made for this hop.

CRAFT YOUR LIFE PROJECT KIT: FLORESCENCE

ALL OUR TOMORROWS DEPEND ON TODAY

STEPS:

  1. Stamp and emboss the image from the CYLPK: Florescence stamp using Pure White crisp embossing powder.
  2. Watercolor the image using the following dye inks: Rouge, Orange Cream, Warm Sunshine, Volcano Lake, Lagoon, Icy Water, Winter Lake, and Ultraviolet.
  3. Die-cut the painted panel using the Peeking Leaves Cover Die. Add four more die cuts for added dimension and adhere on top of each other.
  4. Stamp sentiment using Obsidian Ink and emboss with Clear embossing powder.
  5. Adhere the background to a 5×7 inches card base and do the inlay technique for the die-cut.
TIP: Make sure to use the Press and Seal to pick up all the tiny negative parts of the die. It is a bit tedious to put back all the tiny negative die cuts, but it was worth it!

HELLO

STEPS:

  1. Stamp and emboss the image from the CYLPK: Florescence with Rose Gold embossing powder.
  2. Color the image using stencils and dye inks.
  3. Add shadows using alcohol ink markers.
  4. Stamp and emboss the sentiment using Pure White Crisp Embossing powder.
  5. Assemble the card.

SO GRATEFUL MOM

STEPS:

  1. Create a background by using the Gelly Art plate and acrylic paints.
  2. Stamp the image from the CYLPK: Florescence and emboss with Pure White Crisp Embossing powder.
  3. Die-cut the word MOM using the Caps Bold Alpha set. Die-cut 4 more of the letters and adhere them to each other for added dimension.
  4. Die-cut the sentiment from the Essential Sentiment Strips dies using white cardstock.
  5. Assemble the card.

I wanted to make a Mother’s Day card for my Mom. She loves bright colors, so that this card will be perfect for her. You can also use patterned paper for a quicker card instead of making your own backgrounds.

ISA WE COULDN’T BE PROUDER

I was blown away when I saw Jaycee Gaspar’s card using this technique, and I had to try it out. I urge you to watch the tutorial on making a card like this from my idol. 💕 He will walk you through all the steps. Such an ingenious way to use embossing folders! You can find it on his YouTube channel here. Make sure to check out his blog as well for more inspiration.

For my card, I added some gold foil washi tape at the bottom of the letters for more contrast. I also added embossed edges to finish off the card. Isa is short for Isabela, my eldest child, who graduated from college just a few days back. 💕

Again, thank you so much, Jaycee, for continuing to be my source of inspiration!!!

GIVEAWAYS

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $ 25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/18/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw ten random winners from the comments left on each blog hop stop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/20/2022.

Up next: Terri Koszler. Make sure to leave a comment and get a chance to win a prize from Altenew.

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